Originally Posted by Viral
No offence, but this is why I take review sites over the top perception of noise over enthusiast users. I know what a delta 120x38mm fan sounds like at 2000rpm, my mate used to have one, it's a fair bit more noticable than my 120x25mm fans at 1900rpm and even they're way louder than what I'd like. What's more, with a setup like that, It's no surprise at all that the card doesn't run too hot.
I think people need to read reviews and realise that what they say applies to very picky people but not exactly those looking for an all out silent HTPC. Gague how you will receive the noise from there extreme opinions rather than someone saying it's "bearable" when they have a much higher tolerance than you. Don't take this as some sort of attack, I just don't get why people here hold enthusiast user subjective feedback over review findings when it comes to noise and to a lesser extent heat.
That said, glad it's not above your noise and heat tolerence, most people with no compromise gaming rigs will probably be in the same boat, but there are others who need an all round PC too.
When I saw the case pic with airflow diagram that DVS posted for us, I was thinking the same exact thing.
I have an Antec 900 and my 120mm fans are @ ~1400 rpm any faster and they annoy the hell outta me.
I have my 5850 set @ 32% fan speed as this is the highest I can set it that I do not hear it above the whisper of my case fans. With this in mind; My card idles @ 38'C and loads up fully @ 62'C, gaming it stays mid to high 50's.